TACLOBAN City -- Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla yesterday expressed confidence that her husband, former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. will be home before Christmas.
Mercado-Revilla hinted at the possibility that the Sandiganbayan First Division will acquit him of his plunder case where he was accused of pocketing P224.5-million in commissions worth of pork barrel funds.
“Kami, bilang isang pamilya [ay naniniwala na] hindi aabot ng December 10 ay makakasama na po natin si Sen. Bong Revilla,” Mercado-Revilla told thousands of cheering supporters that jampacked the Tacloban City Convention Center (Tacloban Astrodome).
“Hinihintay na lamang po namin ang desisyon ng Sandiganbayan ukol po sa kanyang kaso. Naka-rest na po ‘yung case at nag-file na po ng memorandum ang prosecution,” said Mercado-Revilla who serenaded the crowd with the song “Maghintay Ka Lamang.”
Mercado-Revilla represented her husband who was invited as one of the senatorial candidates to be supported by the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party of Duterte-Carpio which signed the historic alliance agreement for the May 2019 midterm election.
Lakas-CMD President and Leyte first district congressional candidate Martin Romualdez and his wife, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan, welcomed Duterte-Carpio and her political leaders from Davao. Martin Romualdez, president of the Lakas-CMD, said Revilla “is one of the most qualified senatorial candidates whose “passion and dedication to serve the people will bring positive change and help improve the country’s good governance, policies, and lawmaking process.”
“His experience as a two-term senator has helped him gain an understanding about the complexities of various problems besetting the nation,” said Romualdez.
“Sen. Bong’s integrity and honesty will make him a strong candidate for the Senate. With the people and God’s help, the Lakas-CMD is looking forward to his victory in next year’s midterm poll,” said Romualdez.